Friday, 29 February 2008

Translations la Houston Chronicle:

Cultural identity is the signature theme of Brian Friel, widely considered Ireland's greatest living playwright. Though he's best known for his Tony-winning Dancing at Lughnasa, Friel has devised no more inspired construct for exploring his signature theme than Translations, the 1981 play regarded by many as his masterpiece.

Following the play's acclaimed 2007 Broadway revival, Main Street Theater is offering an appropriately thoughtful rendition.

Set in 1833, in the fictitious hamlet of Ballybeg that is home to much of Friel's work, Translations shows how Gaelic-speaking townsfolk are affected when a detachment of England's Royal Engineers arrives to map the area and convert its place names from the original Gaelic to the King's English...

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